Dog collars teen vandal suspects

Thursday, August 28, 2008, 07:58

A POLICE dog has helped to collar a gang of teens suspected of causing thousands of pounds worth of damage to a school.
Handler Constable Carl John and four-year-old Dutch were called to Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr in Gowerton after reports of a break-in.
Dutch, a Belgian Malinois, got to work sniffing for clues and soon picked up a scent.
Dog and handler tracked the scent through the school and out onto open ground where Constable John saw someone walking away.
The person began running when told to stop by the officer — but Dutch was released and chased down and caught the suspect.
The crime-fighting hound then resumed searching the school and found a discarded piece of clothing and other items believed to have been used to cause damage.
Three more people were arrested by officers near the school a short time later.
A Swansea Council spokeswoman said: "The final cost incurred by the incident at Gwyr has not been finalised but will be between £2,500 and £4,000.
"Vandalism of our schools is not a victimless crime and causes distress to pupils, parents and staff, as well as being a pointless waste of public money."
It is thought the vandals smashed more than a dozen glass panels in the school entrance area.
The incident happened on August 4, but the details have only just been released.
Two 17-year-old males, a 17-year-old female and a 16-year-old girl have been quizzed over the incident and are on police bail pending further inquiries.
Inspector Mark Hobrough, from South Wales Police's dog, mounted and specialist search and recovery team, said: "The force's specially trained dogs provide invaluable support to police officers on a daily basis by apprehending criminals, uncovering evidence and sniffing out drugs, as well as displaying many other skills."

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